Honda NT 650 Hawk– First saw this bike in Motorcycle Classics, and damn, I thought, that’s a sexy bike.
Built from 1988-1991, the Honda NT 650 Hawk was the second Honda to feature a single-sided swingarm (after the 1987 design of the VFR750R/RC30 ), as well as featuring an aluminum twin-spar perimeter frame to house the liquid-cooled V-Twin engine (of three valves per cylinder!). Apparently, the Honda Hawk is a cult classic, and, apparently, I am too young to know that- afterall, production ceased before I was born. The Honda Hawk came, too, before the Ducati Monster (..meh), the Ducati Hypermotard (.. kinda cool), and the Suzuki SV 650 (dual sided-swing arm).
According to Craig Erion, a road racer who discovered the Hawk in 1988 after an image of the bike caught his eye- the new Honda was unlike any Honda before; a sporty, intriguing, V-Twin.
Erion acquired a new Hawk and quickly took to the racetrack. “At the time Ducatis were race replicas with headlights and turn signals; the Hawk didn’t even have a fairing,” Erion said. “The Hawk was an underdog, and it kept you from being just another guy on a Ducati.”
Well, that about sums it up for my regurgitation of the Honda Hawk. A cult classic, and a rad one at that.